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Location: Jodphur Setting: Urban Established: 2009 Staff: Office: 3 Field: 47Subject Areas
Health: HIV/AIDS, Infectious DiseasesOrganization Objectives
AEA is an international organization that confronts urgent issues in development by working in 21 countries to lift barriers that obstruct full access to quality education. Their approach is of accompanying and reinforcing the capacity of local actors and stakeholders. Thereby, AEA accompanies local actors and organization partners in planning, developing, and evaluating their own projects. Through this, AEA guarantees the relevance and sustainability of its projects by encouraging the autonomy of communities and respecting local cultures. AEA works in 9 major areas.
- Access to quality education
- Early childhood education
- Education for women and girls
- Inclusive education
- Education for the development of global citizenship
- Life skills education
- Health education
- Emergency and post-crisis
1.Link Worker Scheme (LWS)
AEA Jodhpur is currently working on a LWS from the Rajasthan State Aids Control Society, supported by the National AIDS Control Organization (NACCO). The LWS aims to combat the HIV/AIDS epidemic in rural communities through education and behavior change. AEA is implementing the project in a hundred different villages in Jodhpur District. The main objectives of the LWS are to:
- To generate volunteerism among rural communities to fight HIV/AIDS
- To address issues such as counseling, condom promotion and behavior change among high risk groups (FSW, MSM, and IDUs) and vulnerable populations (truckers, migrants, and youth).
- To create an enabling environment to promote STI scanning and treatment.
- To address issues of stigma and discrimination in rural communities.
There are currently 47 field staff, working in 100 villages. Each block of villages has 10 link workers and each village has 10 trained volunteers, totaling 40 link workers and 1,000 volunteers. The link workers help refer villagers to government health services and follow-up linkages including treatment of STIs, testing and treatment of TB, ICTC/PPTCT services, and HIV care and support services including ART.Opportunities
- Conduct research and help evaluate the effectiveness of the LWS.
- Evaluate the LWS and the impact of NACCO materials on behavior change communication.
Interns working at AEA should be creative, resourceful, and flexible. Interns should be willing to learn as much as possible in their first few weeks at the organization. Interns should have or be pursuing a bachelor’s degree in the social sciences or social work, public health, or health management; masters preferred. Other desirable qualities include:
- Excellent writing, research (qualitative and quantitative) and documentation skills
- Background in independent research
- Interest in and some knowledge of health and rural development in India
- Some Hindi a plus
Interns will be supervised by Daulat Ram Prajapati, the District Resource Person on the LWS.
Note: Responsibilities offered to each participant will be proportionate to their level of experience. Participants who are new to development work may predominantly support and assist current project agendas, while those with much applicable experience may be able to assume greater responsibility. Research projects are strongly encouraged by this organization to support each program’s objective because minimal resources are currently allocated for research.
The AEA Jodhpur office is in the Ratanada, near the FSD office. They have two rooms in a nice building. The main room has two desks and two computers. They also have a conference room with a small desk, printer and computer. Interns are strongly encouraged to bring their own laptop, if possible. Office computers are limited and frequently in use by staff members. Office hours are from 10:30 to 5, Monday to Saturday.Organizational Background
AEA is an international organization headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland that was started in 1981. In South Asia, their operations are spread over 18 states and 1 Union Territory in India, 3 districts in Sri Lanka and 4 districts in Nepal. The AEA Jodhpur office was established in 2008. AEA is also implementing the LWS in 7 other districts of Rajasthan, including Pali, Ajmer, Barmer, Jaipur. Their regional office in Rajasthan is in Jaipur.AEA South Aisa’s website About Aide et Action’s Clients
The HIV Sentinel Surveillance System 2007 estimates that 57 percent of HIV positive people in India live in rural areas. AEA Jodhpur works with around 8,000 people in 100 rural villages in Jodhpur District to combat the epidemic through behavior change promotion and linking villagers to appropriate government health services.